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Community Foundation Update (03/05/2022) | Philanthropy news


The Arizona Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Lorenzo Chavez as executive director, education and scholarships, effective March 14. He succeeds Joy Klein, who is joining Friends of the Children as executive director. For the past eight years, Chavez has worked at Arizona State University, most recently as associate vice president of community outreach and partnerships, and he previously served at other universities in the state.


The County of Santa Barbara, the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, and the Santa Barbara Foundation have announced the launch of the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, which will award more than $500,000. Applications will be accepted starting March 7 and reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is exhausted. Eligible microbusinesses that were adversely impacted by the coronavirus may apply for up to $2,500 in funding. Complete applications may be submitted to the Santa Barbara Foundation via online portal or mail but will not be accepted via email or fax. They will be time- and date-stamped on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has announced the establishment of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) Fund, which will provide support for the local Ronald McDonald House. The foundation will invest the initial endowment from RMHCCI so the fund will grow over time, while also administering an annual grant distribution to RMHCCI.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced renewal grants totaling $1 million to 31 Black-led organizations as part of its Greater Together Fund for Racial Equity. These grants provide support to organizations that provide leadership in eliminating inequitable systems and building wealth for African-American families. To date, the fund has awarded a total of $2.45 million to Black-led nonprofits as part of its commitment to distribute $3 million over three years.


The Maine Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Deborah Ellwood as its president and CEO, effective at the end of June. For the past 12 years, Ellwood has led CFLeads, a Boston-based national network of community foundations.

North Carolina

The Foundation for Black Philanthropy, an affiliate of the Foundation for the Carolinas, has announced grants totaling $40,000 to eight local nonprofits as part of its 2022 grantmaking cycle. Recipients include Aspire Community Capital, Care Ring, Money Magnet Club, and She Built This City.


The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced the first recipients of its OKCGetsFit grants to improve Oklahoma City’s ranking as the unhealthiest city in America. Established last year, the OKCGetsFit grant program is dedicated to inspiring residents to engage in fun, physical activities that will improve overall community health and wellness. The five recipients are the American Lung Association, Girls on the Run Central Oklahoma, Love Grow Live, Oklahoma Humane Society, and Positive Tomorrows.


The Exposure Artist program, a new arts funding initiative at the Pittsburgh Foundation, has awarded a first round of twelve grants totaling $215,000. The grants included $130,000 in support for individual artists and collectives; $70,000 in transformative justice grants to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists working at the intersection of art and activism; and $15,000 to artists who have never before received foundation funding.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.375 million in support of organizations working to improve behavioral health across the state. Recipients include the Center for Health and Justice Transformation, ONE Neighborhood Builders, the Strategic Prevention Partnership, and the Woonsocket Health Equity Zone.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced grant application guidelines for approximately $520,000 in funding from the Bluffton ARPA/SLFRF COVID-19 Fund established by the Town of Bluffton. An advisory committee of community leaders and representatives from the Town of Bluffton and the foundation will review applications and determine awards. The first grant cycle will start immediately, with an application deadline of April 11, 2022. Additional cycles will be defined as needed.


The Dallas Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2021 Community Impact Fund Grants program, which provides support to organizations aligned with the foundation’s community impact framework. Recipients include Bachman Lake Together, Bonton Farms, RevJen, and the Dallas Innovation Alliance.


The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced that Therese Woelfel, vice president donor engagement and strategic communications, will retire effective April 15. She will be succeeded by Annie Dart.

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One-third of donors directed half their giving to disaster relief | Philanthropy news

Last year, 37 percent of American donors gave half or more of their charitable contributions to disaster relief efforts, and 64 percent gave to a charity they had never supported before, a survey commissioned by Vanguard Charitable finds.

Conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Vanguard Charitable, the survey of more than 1,300 American donors found that the top reasons American donors gave to disaster relief included wanting to assist those impacted by humanitarian crises (46 percent), feeling overwhelmed by a situation and wanting to help (33 percent), seeing charitable giving as the only way they could provide support (30 percent), and having a personal connection to the disaster/crisis (30 percent). The survey found that donors who contributed to disaster relief efforts gave more overall, meaning that disaster relief giving did not take away from, or occur in place of, ongoing giving. 

“From COVID-19 to a devastating humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, we’ve seen donors respond to disaster relief needs in inspiring and meaningful ways,” said Vanguard Charitable president Rebecca Moffett. “In fact, this data reflects that disaster relief support is an integral part of the giving landscape, often increasing total generosity as donors look to give when and where support is needed most. And because the money in donor-advised funds has already been set aside for charitable purposes, donations from DAFs tend to be more responsive in moments of crisis, and more resilient during moments of economic uncertainty.”

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Trust in nonprofits fell slightly last year, survey finds | Philanthropy news

While there is room for U.S. institutions across the board to increase public trust, a majority of respondents believe nonprofits will do what is right for society, a survey conducted by Independent Sector finds. 

Conducted in February in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence, the third-annual Trust in Civil Society survey found that 56 percent of Americans said they trust nonprofits, down 3 percentage points from the 2020 benchmark study (59 percent). Trust in philanthropy edged down from 36 percent to 34 percent during the same period. According to the survey, financial well-being and education are major drivers of trust, and trust of nonprofits among women fell during the pandemic.

Given the findings, Independent Sector recommended that nonprofits work to make greater progress to support and strengthen the country, for example by leveraging trust in the social sector to strengthen U.S. democracy, deepening engagement with communities and institutions, and upholding public expectations of government accountability.

“Increasing public trust of institutions and the social sector is a pressing issue for the U.S. We all benefit from strong public trust,” said Independent Sector president and CEO Daniel J. Cardinali. “Trust is the priceless currency for nonprofits, philanthropies, business charity programs, and all of us to build a healthy, equitable society. We see what happens when trust breaks. Our 2022 Independent Sector Trust in Civil Society report elevates important data and recommendations for conversations about how the social sector can engage more deeply and do better so everyone in our country thrives.” 

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Digital, other channels of giving are expanding, study finds | Philanthropy news

Emerging trends in the United Kingdom and Brazil reveal an expansion of digital and other types of channels for giving, including online giving, crowdfunding, charity rounding up, and social impact publishing, a new research series from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

The research series, Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving, builds on the school’s Global Philanthropy Environment Index and Global Philanthropy Tracker and will be released in phases over the next five months. The first two studies examine philanthropic engagement in Brazil and the UK prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with profiles of China, India, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, and South Korea to follow.

Based on an analysis of three case studies in Brazil, the first profile found that prominent emerging ways of giving include charity rounding up, crowdfunding, and social impact publishing, which involves the production of inspiring, revenue-producing editorial content. Donations collected through rounding up for charity via Arredondar increased from BRL1,091 in 2013 (equivalent to $590 in 2021, adjusted for inflation) to more than BRL1.6 million in 2020 (equivalent to $330,186 in 2021, adjusted for inflation). In addition, the study found that the most successful initiatives prioritized transparency and accountability in giving.

Based on an online survey of nearly 3,000 individuals in the UK, the profile found that prominent expanded methods of giving include online giving and crowdfunding. Among donors interviewed between May and July 2021, 60 percent reported that gifts they had made in the past year had been made online, with the most common way being through a third-party app. In addition, researchers found that 63 percent of people who used social media to request donations also made requests in person.

“The results of the first two country profiles suggest an evolution in giving practices and highlight a significant expansion of digital giving practices and peer-to-peer giving,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “While these findings are the first in a series, the documented growth in digital giving and shifting donor expectations in the UK and in Brazil reinforce existing evidence that digital practices can help democratize the practice of philanthropy. Digital innovation makes philanthropy accessible and fosters greater transparency and accountability for how gifts lead to impact.”

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